Ancient Mexican feather headdress

Weltmuseum Wien

The Weltmuseum Wien is one of the most important museums of ethnography in the world. In its possession are over 200,000 ethnographic objects, 75,00 historical photographs and 144,000 printed works on the history, culture, art and everyday lives of mostly non-European peoples. This also includes a part of the collection of the British seafarer James Cook (1728-1779) and the world-famous feather headdress from Mexico (called "Penacho"). Many exhibits originate from the numerous travels of the Habsburg archdukes. - The Weltmuseum Wien deals with the cultural diversity of humanity and documents Austria's rich historic relations with the world with its global collection.

14 display rooms

The heart of the museum is the show collection with its contemporary concept and modern design. A sequence of fourteen rooms present the central exhibits. With the aid of 3,127 objects as well as numerous photos and text panels, often surprising connections between Austria and the world are revealed. The rooms are arranged into the following topic areas:

  • In the Shadow of Colonialism
  • Benin and Ethiopia Art, Power, Resistance
  • "Kulturkampf" in Vienna
  • An Austrian mosaic of Brazil
  • 1873 - Japan comes to Europe
  • Collector madness. "I suffer from museomania!" (O-tone archduke heir to the throne Franz Ferdinand)
  • South Sea: Encounters with Paradise Lost
  • The Orient on the Doorstep
  • Stories from Mesoamerica (with the feather headdress "Penacho")
  • A Village in the Mountains (Buddhist village in the Himalayas)
  • Fascinated by Indonesia
  • World in Movement
  • To a New World
  • The new perception - The view of China

In addition to the permanent exhibition in the 14 halls, special exhibitions on various topics are held on a regular basis.

Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna)

Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 1€ off
  • Opening times

    • Th - Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps ( Door  130  cm  wide )
      • Ramp 760  cm  long ,   300  cm  wide ,  40  cm  high
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 92 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired provided upon request.

    • Comments

      Automatic gate (width: 130 cm) operated with "Euro-Key". Further ramp inside (width: about 180 cm) to overcome 3 steps. From this level, there is direct access to an elevator with "Euro-Key" function.

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